Saturday, December 29, 2012

2012: A year in review

Reconsecration of Deane Road Jewish Cemetery, Kensington, Liverpool

Another year draws to a close and with it comes my annual reflection.

I have looked back across the blog and found the entries from 2011, 2010, 2008 (I appear to have forgotten to review 2009), 2007 and 2006.

Keen eyed readers will have long realised that I don't write on here half as much, or even a quarter as much as I did before the days of Facebook and Twitter, but as long as I think it serves a purpose - mainly to promote news concerning Kensington and Fairfield, I shall soldier on and trust you to keep reading - I am still averaging at least 100 readers each day.
Anyway, having established my own annual tradition, I think it merits my perseverance, although this year is the one that I never wanted to write. So with your indulgence, it will be relatively short of items.

Let's start with the positives shall we?

The first significant event of the year for me was resigning a lucrative and 4 year long post in the Marketing team with Wilson Henry LLP Accountants (great new website by the way guys) in order to go it alone as a sole trader with my own marketing business. I made a short promotional film with Alun Parry which sits on my home page and has been evidentially responsible for bringing several new clients my way. Who wouldn't want to work for themselves, manage their own diaries, choose their own clients and  work on projects that bring them pleasure?

The election results for Labour in Liverpool in 2012 have been simply magnificent. As I sit here at the close of the year, the people of Liverpool are represented by a Labour Mayor, Joe Anderson, a Labour Police Commissioner, Jane Kennedy and 74 Labour Councillors (34 of them women) - there is even a Labour Councillor in Woolton would you believe! I am fairly sure I was the 27th Labour Councillor when elected in 2006, oh how times have changed.

I had a lovely holiday in August with my wonderful sister Maxine and her equally wonderful sons, Alex and Joel, visiting our Dad and his wife in Cornwall, happy happy times, loving and supporting each other. She and her husband also invited me to spend Christmas with them this year, and there was nowhere else on earth I would rather have been.

In September the six year long quest to restore the marvellous Deane Road Jewish Cemetery  finally came to fruition at a grand reconsecration ceremony, to celebrate the successful spending of nearly half a million pounds of Heritage Lottery Fund monies on essential conservation work and the building of a new visitors' centre. There has been much talk this year of "legacy", with the success of the fabulous London 2012 Olympics (no need for me to review that, you were all here, you know it was awesome), and I hope that if nothing else is left to posterity of my time serving my constituents, people will at least be able to say, Louise Baldock put Kensington on the National Heritage Map.

In November I joined an international band of people striving to write a 50,000 novel during the 30 days of the month. National Novel Writing Month sets out to give aspiring writers the impetus to actually get on with it and write the novel we all believe we have inside us. As it happens I didn't get to the end of the 50k, with a couple of residential work assignments I am afraid the days got away from me, but I did manage 30k before the hammer came down on the 30th of November. But undaunted I have carried on. As things stand today I have written around 45k words but have learned from literary agents that a publishable novel would tend to be around 85k words long, so I am persevering. I am enjoying it very much and I do hope to finish it during the first quarter of 2013 and take it to a copy-editor friend of mine so that it can be ready for the market before the summer. Watch this space, maybe it will be in your Christmas stocking next year, you never know.

Also in November I finally sold my house. It is a dear house, don't get me wrong, a lovely house with beautiful features and the room where I sit now and write this blog is not only my favourite room in this house but possibly my most favourite room in any house that I have ever lived in. But a combination of itchy feet (I have lived here for  nearly the longest time I have ever lived anywhere since I was born and I have lived in 15 places so far) and a desire for more room so that I can invite larger numbers of  family friends to stay and bigger groups of friends to dine with me, has driven me to look further afield. I wont jinx the offer I have had accepted on a new home by telling you too much about it, I have already lost one I had my heart set on, but I am confident that the review of 2013 will be written from somewhere quite different.

In December I accepted the annual request to speak at the North West's United Against Fascism Conference in Liverpool. It was my third time and I was delighted to share a platform with Howard Gayle who those readers who have been with me for a very long time will remember I first met in 2007. I talked about racism, anti-semitism, homophobia and sexism within football, particularly focusing on the work of Kick it Out, and Howard talked about his personal experiences as Liverpool FCs first professional black player and the rest of his footballing career at other clubs. He was extremely moving and eloquent, I was more of a warm-up act, but it was great to be addressing the conference alongside him.

And so on to the negative...

We all know that we measure our life and its events by reference to key dates in our timelines. "That was before we moved from that town", or "That must have been just after I was married", or "We didn't have the kids yet when that happened". I know that 2012 will always be a landmark in my life as it defines the year when my very much beloved Mother died.

As I see it, there is a kind of natural hierarchy to one's relationships with others. I do absolutely appreciate that what I am going to say is not going to be everyone's experience, but I hope that it is sufficiently common that many readers will be able to associate themselves with it. The first and most intense relationship we have is ordinarily with our mothers. And then as adults we may take a partner who will vie in our hearts for the top-dog position, and if children follow I understand they tend to usurp all others and become the most dear. And of course we have other family members and much-loved friends who take up all their own relative positions in the hierarchy.

As an often single woman with no children, my mother's ascendancy has rarely, if ever, been in doubt. And her loss was the most crippling and difficult thing I have ever had to face. I think it would have been much easier had she not been the most healthy, energetic woman, who followed her own very precise guidelines about how to live as long as possible. She aimed to live to 100 years old, to beat her own father by the four years that were all that were necessary. She was never out of the gym - for 30 years most days - and ate only the food that the best of the Guardian supplements might advise. Good nutrition was her by-word, she hadn't smoked in 47 years, she gave up alcohol entirely several years ago and was the epitomy of a text-book approach to long life.

She was youthful, stylish and attractive, and a dead cert as a recipient of the Queen's telegram.

So what a hideous, unforgiveable and vile thing it was that cancer unaccountably struck and took her away from us all at the tender age of 74. There are somethings in life that it is simply impossible either to predict or to understand. It would have been much kinder for those of us that remain if she had been lost in a traffic accident, but sadly, life takes it own quirky turns and we have no way to understand or affect them.

I have tried to be upfront and bold with this entry, not to shy away from saying what needed to be said and not to avoid talking about something so intensely private. One cannot create a blog of nearly 8 years duration and then shy away from difficult subjects, so I felt I needed to write this for you but I trust you will understand that it is not easy and I am a long way away from finding it easy to discuss. If you are struggling with bereavements of your own then you might find the Cruse website helpful.

For myself I continue to keep putting one foot in front of the other and to hope that the different ways I find to distract myself will continue to be useful to my fellow men and women.

Here's to 2013, God bless.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Fairness in Austerity

The Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, is hosting a conference on January 18th with the Bishop of Liverpool and other city and faith leaders across the country to make the case to Government that its austerity policy is unfair and is hitting the poorest the hardest. You can find out more about it here:

A petition has been launched which says

The Government’s austerity policy is profoundly unfair. Big cities with the highest levels of poverty and deprivation are facing the biggest cuts. At the same time wealthy areas with the lowest levels of poverty pay less.

Liverpool is losing £252 per head in cuts. Manchester is losing £209, Newcastle is losing £162, Birmingham is losing £166, and Sheffield is losing £140 per head.

Milton Keynes is losing just £38 per head. Central Bedfordshire is losing £18 a head. And people in North Dorset are losing just £2 a head.

The outdated and antiquated public funding ‘Barnett Formula’ is over 30 years old. It is unfair and needs overhauling.

We, the undersigned, believe there is a moral case for fairness in the cuts. We are calling on the Government to urgently rethink its policy and to apply the cuts more fairly across the country, protecting those most in need, and making sure those in wealthy parts of the country pay their fair share.

Please can you sign the petition, and pass it on to whomever you think would do the same.
Those of you who are on Facebook/twitter, please feel free to share with your networks.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Crime Safety in Kensington and Fairfield

Latest note from our local Crime Prevention Police Officer for residents, including latest burglary statistics for Kensington and Tuebrook beats. A disappointing number of thefts and burglaries involved residents having lax personal security, so do be careful.

This week the British insurance industry revealed that they paid out £35 Million on 23,000 claims for burglary and theft over Christmas last year !

Traditionally, Christmas a time of peace and good will to all men/women.
Sadly, there are a few unfortunate individuals in society who do not share this point of view, and utilise the festive season to commit opportunistic crime. Help to thwart these ‘Scrooges’ and make sure you have a happy and safe Christmas by heeding the following advice: –

In the Home

Avoid leaving piles of wrapped up presents under the Christmas tree, as this will make life very easy for a burglar. Make sure they are stored in an upstairs bedroom, and preferably out of sight in a wardrobe or better still the loft. The kids will no doubt ‘root them out’ but it will certainly hinder and delay any intruders. Similar precautions should be taken with cash, credit cards and house or car keys.

A lot of people tend to socialise more during the festive Season, so make sure all windows and doors are locked before leaving the house for the evening, and if you have an alarm, remember to set it. Try to give your house the ‘occupied look’ by leaving a downstairs light on, and a TV or radio. Once all the gifts have been opened, steer clear of leaving the empty boxes and packaging in plain sight. This acts as a glaring advertisement to thieves and shows them all the valuable items you now have in your home. Post Christmas can be just as bad for burglaries, so make sure you dispose of packaging by ripping it up and taking it to the tip for recycling.

 In the Car

 When shopping in the car, do not leave presents, coats or any other belongings on view in the car. These will be an obvious temptation to thieves who often cause considerable damage when breaking into vehicles.

(And please do not think to yourself "There is nothing in that bag" or "That coat isn't worth nicking so I will leave it there" because the thief will only discover that after they have smashed your window in! LB)
Satellite navigation systems, and mobile phones should always be removed from the vehicle where possible, as these items currently top the list of goods most wanted and stolen by thieves. Try to avoid returning to your car to off-load items you have just purchased, and go back and carry on shopping.

Always park in a well-lit area, and try to use car parks that have been granted the Police approved, Secured Car Park award.

On foot

Christmas is the busiest shopping period of the year, and of course, town centres and other shopping areas become very crowded with shoppers. This also presents ‘pick pockets’ and other thieves with the ideal environment to commit crime in. When you are shopping, it is very important to ensure your wallet, purse and credit cards are kept in an inside, preferably zipped, jacket pocket. Only keep items such as handkerchiefs, hairbrushes etc in handbags, if you need to carry them.

Always stick to the well-lit, main shopping areas of town, which also have the benefit of CCTV and additional Police Officers. Avoid taking short cuts through dark side streets/passageways where offenders are more likely to operate.

Try to use ATM’s during the daytime and check to see who is in your immediate vicinity, before withdrawing cash. If you think there is someone hanging around who appears a bit suspicious, call back later or use another machine. The chances are, your ‘gut reaction’ was probably right, and only carry the amount of cash that you are likely to need for the shopping trip.

On a final note, alcohol can give people a sense of well being, and also a false sense of security. If you are out, enjoying a few drinks, avoid walking on your own, and stick with a group of friends. Although taxis are sometimes hard to come by, it is worth waiting for a while, and certainly a lot safer than walking home in the early hours of the morning.

E5 - The Local Picture 1st November to 1st December

Burglary:  28 offences.  8 offences took place in the West Derby Rd/Lower Breck Rd area, and a cluster of 4 around Onslow/Balmoral Rd or nearby.  The rest were sporadic through the area at all times of the day.

7 offences were via an open door or window!

Robbery:  4 offences in the Tuebrook, Kensington and Fairfield areas which included a cash delivery, 2 children for their mobile phones, and a taxi.

Theft from Motor vehicle: 19 offences during the afternoons through the evening. 8 offences took place in the Fairfield area in roads adjacent to Shiel Rd/Prescot Rd.

4 Incidents took place on unlocked cars!

Tools or items left on display including handbags, keys, phones, laptops, cash, and Jewellery were taken.  3 vehicles had number plates stolen.

Theft of Motor vehicle:  7 offences, of which 6 were motorcycles where the security measures were overcome by force.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Back in fashion: Pawnbrokers shame

Hands up all those who thought that Pawnbrokers with their distinctive three hanging golden balls were a thing of the past?

Yes me too, but how wrong we were! The new Tory/LibDem Coalition Government has seen their return with a vengeance. And my ward is a prime example of the terrible state that the country has got into, in two and a half short years. 

Once upon a time, when we still had a Labour Government, Kensington, Liverpool was the happy recipient of huge sums of Regeneration funds. 

Principle amongst the money that came into this downtrodden area were two funds; The Housing Marketing Renewal Initiative (HMRI) and the New Deal for Communities (NDC) in the shape of Kensington Regeneration. 

Kensington was mainly built between about 1890 and 1910, urban terraced streets stretching out from the city centre towards what would then have been the fields between the city, Old Swan and all points East. Some of the very early housing, which was back-to-backs and two-up, two-downs were demolished in the 1970s to build the Phythian estate, but most of the area still survives relatively intact. 

It had its heyday in the mid 20th century when people would travel to Kensington for shopping, leisure and social activity. There are still residents who remember it being a great place to live, who enjoyed welcoming keen young people from across the city to the Silver Blades Ice Rink or couples celebrating their wedding in the Tudor Rooms. Indeed there are Facebook groups which celebrate Kensington and neighbouring Fairfield in all their glory. 

Unfortunately, like many places in the urban northern hinterlands, it saw a sharp decline in the 1970s and 1980s and by the beginning of the 21st century was an area blighted by boarded up properties, high unemployment and a High Street failure. 

The two sources of Government funds, between them, aimed to revitalise the area's housing offer and general facilities. We have seen a new fire station, high school, several junior schools, a children's centre, sports centre, health centre (nearly finished), demolition of old buildings and houses (some very controversially, but that has been covered here many times before) and the building of new homes and shops.

One of the buildings to be demolished, as part of a row of rotten decrepit commercial properties on Kensington's main street (named imaginatively Kensington) was a pub called the Pawn Shop. It was an old pub, with a name meant to hark back to the old days when times were hard and people had to relinquish precious objects towards the end of the week, and take home a few shillings to help with household bills, before reclaiming them after pay day for the same sum plus a penny or two perhaps in interest.

You may have been to social history museums like the Castle Museum in York, or Preston Park Museum that feature pawnshops amongst the offering on their historic high streets from bygone years. 

I don't have my own photo of the Pawn Shop to hand but I am sure that James Noakes took one for me in 2006, I would love to see it again, and all the others he took, if he knows where they are now. I have found this one on Flickr taken by SteHLiverpool, and if he would like to get in touch I will give him full credit for his photo. If he wants it removing, I will do so. 

About two years ago, with the very last throw of the dice from the outgoing Labour Government, this row of shops - and the pub - along with the Holt Pub at the other end of the block, were demolished to allow the building of apartments in phase two of the Kensington Square HMRI development, a joint project between Riverside Housing Association and Lovells. 

That should have signalled the end of the shame of Pawnbrokers/Pawn Shops on Kensington's main High Street. 

As HMRI was eagerly demolishing and rebuilding homes across the area, so too was Kensington Regeneration playing its part in the refurbishment of the area. There was again a lot of controversy, covered before, however, what KR did to support the housing programme was to concentrate on the commercial and retail offer in the area. 

With their own last cast of the dice, they agreed to set aside a few million pounds to support the building of some quality shop buildings on the site of the former ice rink. 

The shops were built and much rejoicing was forthcoming by local residents when they learned that the anchor store was to be Iceland. 

I think I am right in saying that there are 8 shop units in all. Iceland took one, Tesco Express took one, along with Greggs. They were joined by a chemist, and by Barnados. The latter ought to have been a sign of things to come. 

The reason I am writing tonight and have taken you all around the houses, is to point out that two of the new shops to be have been signed up in the much trumpeted Kensington District Centre are in fact Pawn Brokers, 21st century Pawn Shops. 

There is this one, the Albermarle Bond Pawnbrokers, next door to Tesco Express. 

And another one, Cash Generators, a few units further down Prescot Road, very near to the charity shop. 

The dreams of those who spent the Labour Government's funds in this area, never imagined for one minute the idea they were demolishing a symbol of Edwardian social repression by getting rid of the Pawn Shop pub only to see two new actual pawnbrokers take its place a few hundred yards away. 

Pawnbrokers, Pay Day Loan Companies and Food banks, welcome to Tory/Libdem Britain.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas and Hanukkah in the North West

I've been out and about with my camera taking seasonal photographs for your delectation and delight.

We start with two photos of the lovely Warrington Town and Golden Gates complete with Christmas tree, during the day, and at night. 

Warrington Town Hall with Golden Gates at Christmas 2012

And not to be  beaten by a Cheshire Town Hall, I then took a photo of this tree in Liverpool Town Hall.

I have to say it is not a great photo, it is tricky to take pictures of lights indoors. If you use your flash it seems to shatter the light and if you don't it looks blurred. I am still working on the best way to do this on the new camera phone. The tree however did look lovely, do go and see it while you are in town. 

Tonight I was at St George's Hall for the fifth night lighting of the Menorah, which is part of the celebration of Hanukkah, a Jewish festival. One candle is lit each night over the course of Hanukkah and tonight was the specific civic celebration evening which is why I was invited. If you would like to see it, it will still be on the plateau for a few more days until the end of the festival.

In the photo you can see that the first five candles are now alight. We were addressed by an American Rabbi, Rabbi Kievman, and then by The Right Worshipful, Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Sharon Sullivan who spoke briefly  before giving the excited little children Hanukkah treats. She was joined by Councillors Jeremy Wolfson, Barry Kushner, John Prince (and his wife Shirley), Christine Banks and me.

Fried foods are eaten to commemorate the importance of oil during the celebration of Hanukkah so we ate traditional doughnuts and were given small bags of chocolate coins, part of the tradition of Hanukkah Gelt

Christians amongst readers might be reminded of the lighting of advent candles which we do each Sunday for four weeks and then on Christmas Day we light the large central candle.

Lord Mayor, Councillor Sharon Sullivan with Councillor Jeremy Wolfson (Labour, Childwall)

Lord Mayor, Councillor Sharon Sullivan with yours truly in festive red hat, red scarf, red bag and red cheeks (you will just have to imagine how cold it was, but certainly around zero, if not actually a degree or two below).

And finally, not to be outdone by any building in the world, I took a photo of the wonderful St George's Hall with its curtain of festive lights. 

I have also seen two other lovely trees this week.

One was in the Anglican Cathedral where I went with Lisa on our annual Carol Service evening, in aid of the NSPCC where the lovely Catherine Hegarty and the children of the Liverpool Signing Choir were performing (and who sent me a beautiful card for helping them to make it to the Olympic opening ceremony where they did us so proud, signing to Imagine, one of the greatest anthems to come out of the city!).

I am there again later for the St Hilda's School Carol Service so will endeavour to photograph the tree in all its immense splendour.

And then I saw a small neat tree in the reception of Liverpool City Council's Municipal Building bedecked in corporate purple decorations which took my eye. Perhaps a reader might take a pic of this and send it in for inclusion?

If you would like to send in a photo of a tree, or a menorah, or indeed any festive lights which take your fancy, please do so! The best will be uploaded on the blog.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Cars stolen while defrosting

Message from Merseyside Police

Over a couple of days recently there were a significant number of thefts of motor vehicles across the force area, where the owners had left their vehicle unattended with the engine running to defrost the vehicle and when they had returned the vehicle had been stolen.

This has happened before in this area and was a concern last year and from speaking to officers from neighbouring forces is not something limited to Merseyside.

With the forecast showing cold weather in the coming period and possibly beyond could you please make people aware of this, so hopefully they don't become the victim, as there is an indication that it is highly likely insurance companies will not pay out if a vehicle is stolen in this manner.

Friday, November 30, 2012

70% - good but not good enough #NaNoWriMo

The challenge from National Novel Writing Month was to write a 50,000 word novel within the month of November.

I knew it would be hard because let's face it, I don't exactly sit around on my arse all day long. I am a Liverpool City councillor, a self-employed business woman at Local Marketing Liverpool, a school governor at St Hilda's, a school about to take part in the Mayor's Plan B for Building Schools for the Future since the coalition government scrapped the original scheme, and the vice-chair of Venture Housing Association. I facilitated a week long residential on community leadership for local government leaders across the country from all parties last week and I have also accepted an offer on my house this month, found one to buy, made an offer, applied for a mortgage, updated my will and sent the surveyor round.

What can I say? I like to keep busy and I thrive on deadlines.

Like most everyone else, I thought I might have a novel in me, we all believe that, and I thought that the best way it was ever going to happen would be if I joined a challenge like NaNoWriMo.

I wasn't sure I would make the 50,000 words but I did recognise that I work best when I work to deadlines, so I thought it was worth a go.

And I can tell you now, with around 2 hours to go before close of play that I have got to 35350 words. 70% of my target.

However, I am not downhearted at having failed to write 50000 words during November, just as the men who have been growing moustaches for Movember will not be downhearted if they could not produce a full Terry Thomas in the time allowed.

I am delighted to have written so much in such time constrained circumstances, and I have set a new target for myself to have completed 85000 words which is the new average for a UK novel by the end of January. I will then need to spend February having it copy edited and tidied up ready to present it to agents or to decide to self-publish.

I am grateful to all my friends, particularly those on Facebook and Twitter who have supported me thus far and helped to find appropriate names for some of my characters and a few plot suggestions, particularly around chapter 7.

I hope that they will approve of the final novel when it becomes available.

In the meantime, I continue to work hard at all of my community and business responsibilities and to use my spare time to either write novels or read them.

The advice from NaNoWriMo was to tell everyone about your attempt so that you would feel obliged to work at it, that was very sage and I thank them and you for keeping me focussed.

Please get ready to place orders for The Chain (or whatever title I finally decide upon) for Christmas gifts next year!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Local crime update from Kensington, Fairfield and Tuebrook police

E5 beat Homewatch newsletter for November

E5 - The Local Picture 1st October to 1st November

Theft from motor vehicle – 16 Offences.  Most Occurred afternoon through to evening in the Shiel Rd/ Fairfield area, and the Lower Breck Rd through to Clubmoor side of West Derby Road.  Force was used in most of the incidents to gain access to vehicle contents.  Don’t leave Items on display.  Take them with you.  Leave glove boxes open and empty.

Burglaries – 27  Offences. Burglaries committed afternoon through evening and overnight predominantly in the Fairfield and Tuebrook/Lower Breck areas.  Its worth noting that whilst force was used in most of the offences, there were a number of incidents where the door (front or rear) had been left insecure, a window left open, or the front UPVC door had not been locked on the key allowing it to easily be forced.  Simple measures like making sure the doors and windows are locked, might have significantly reduced the number of offences.

Robberies - 5 Offences.  2 occurred in the morning, 2 afternoon/evening, and 1 in the early hours. 2 in Kensington, 2 in Wavertree, and 1 in Clubmoor.  Personal property including mobile phones and cash taken.  If you have to use your phone in the street, don’t use it for long, and don’t wander blindly along texting oblivious to what or who is around you!

For Further advice on crime prevention matters please contact the Liverpool North Crime Prevention Officer at St Anne’s Street Police Station on 0151 777 4869

If you have any information about individuals committing crime in your area and wish to inform police anonymously, please call the CrimeStoppers number below.  

Some brilliant stuff from our local police about combatting new technology crime

Police Home Watch monthly newsletter for Kensington, Fairfield and Tuebrook

Dear all,

Welcome to the re launch of the Home Watch monthly newsletter.  You will notice that this is coming to you by way of an attachment rather than the link previously used.  We hope this will make it more accessible, quicker to load, and avoid all the problems associated with computer security settings.
The idea of the newsletter is to keep you informed about crime in your area, trends, and advice on preventing crime.  It links Home Watches, partner agencies, and residents together, and is designed to be a quick read of only 3 to 4 pages.  We hope you find the content useful.  

New Technology

Embracing new technology can be a daunting process, particularly as you get older, and it can be difficult sometimes to see the value of it.  Well, I’d like you to consider a couple of ideas for preventing, and recovering stolen mobile phones, laptop computers, and hopefully putting a few thieves behind bars.


Prey lets you keep track of your laptop, phone or tablet whenever stolen or missing. It's a lightweight, FREE open source piece of software that gives you full remote control of your laptop or mobile phone, 24/7.  Copy and paste the web address above and have a look at how Prey can help. 
Basically a tiny agent is installed in your PC or phone, which silently waits for a remote signal to activate the software on the computer or mobile phone. This signal is sent either from the Internet or through an SMS message, and allows you to gather information regarding the device's location, hardware and network status, and optionally trigger specific actions on it. Some of the key features of Prey include:

  • 100% Geo location aware.  Prey uses either the device's GPS or the nearest WiFi hotspots to triangulate and grab a fix on its location.
  • Wifi auto connect. If enabled, Prey will attempt to hook onto to the nearest open WiFi hotspot when no Internet connection is found.
  • Know your enemy.  Take a picture of the thief with your laptop's webcam so you know what he looks like and where he's hiding.
  • Watch their movements.  Grab a screenshot of the active session. If you're lucky you may catch the guy logged into his email or Facebook account!
  • Keep your data safe.  Hide your Outlook or Thunderbird data and optionally remove your stored passwords, so no one will be able to look into your stuff.
  • No unauthorized access.  Fully lock down your Laptop making it unusable unless a specific password is entered. The guy won't be able to do a thing!

Mobile Phone Security


Available for iPhone, Androids & Blackberrys. To use InstaMapper, you create a FREE account. Registration takes only a minute or two and all you need to provide are a username, password, and a valid email address. Next, you install a small application on your GPS-enabled phone. When you run the application, it periodically sends your GPS location to InstaMappers own servers
Login to your InstaMapper account and you will see the current location of your phone plotted on an interactive Google map. With InstaMapper, the object you track is a moving dot on a map. Positions are updated depending on how often you ask the application to report your phones position. The map updates automatically every few seconds. The beauty of this system … and where it beats Apples “findmyiphone” application for the older generation phones is that it plots and saves the route of a phone.  The advantage of this is that the known route can be checked for local CCTV. For a demo, copy and paste the above link into your browser.

Google Latitude   

Download and install the Google Latitude app. This is free software from Google that assists you in locating your phone or members of your family and friends using the Internet or your mobile phone. It uses WIFI and GPS (global positioning system) plus location data to track or locate people. It can be turned on or off giving you the option whether you want be seen or not, and you could also choose the people who could see you.
To avail of their services, you need to register. After the Google Latitude app is installed, those using their PCs and laptops can start by going to the Latitude official site and follow the instructions to install it. Mobile phones that do not contain any GPS chips can still enjoy the services of this program since it will access any Wifi points. The program uses three different types of signals namely 2G-4G mobile, GPS and WiFi. Your device will use any of these signals to work out your location.

Find My iPhone
If you misplace your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac, the Find My iPhone app will let you use another iOS device to find it and protect your data. Simply install this free app on another iOS device, open it, and sign in with your Apple ID. Find My iPhone will help you locate your missing device on a map, play a sound, display a message, remotely lock your device or erase all the data on it.
If the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch you want to locate is running iOS 6, Find My iPhone also includes Lost Mode. Lost Mode locks your missing device with a 4-digit passcode and can display a contact phone number right on the lock screen. While in Lost Mode, your device will keep track of where it has been and display its recent location history when you check in with the Find My iPhone app. Please note that Find My iPhone must be enabled in the iCloud settings on your device for you to locate it with this app.  So you will also need to create an iCloud account if you havent already done so. 

Remember, if you act quickly and provide the tracking system you use, the username, and password to police…. There is a chance we can do something about it.


Immobilise is the world's largest FREE register of possession ownership details and together with its sister sites the Police's NMPR and CheckMEND forms a very effective tool in helping to reduce crime and repatriate recovered personal property to its rightful owners.
Immobilise can be used by members of the public and businesses to register their valued possessions or company assets, and exclusive to Immobilise, account holders registered items and ownership details are viewable on the Police national property database NMPR. This online checking service is used by all UK Police forces to trace owners of lost and stolen property. In addition Immobilise is checked daily by a range of recovery agencies and lost property offices.

As a direct result of Immobilise there is over 250 cases a week where property is returned or information collected that assists the Police in investigating criminal activity involving stolen goods.

Consider this…A Police patrol spot an individual acting suspiciously near a carpark often targeted by thieves. They perform a stop and search on the individual and find him to be carrying several mobile phones and MP3 players. They radio through the serial numbers of the devices to their control-room that search the numbers on the NMPR. The results come back instantly; two of the phones were reported as stolen via Immobilise only a few hours earlier. The suspect is arrested and taken to the station for interview. The possession of the stolen phones gives reasonable grounds for the Police to search the suspect's home where they find numerous items, which again are checked on the NMPR

If it’s not registered … how are you going to get it back!

Vehicle Crime

So you’ve started the Christmas shopping, arrived back at your car, loaded it onto the back seat, and headed off to get something to eat.. You’re now sitting in the restaurant waiting for food to arrive and thinking … 

Did I park the car in a secure enough location?    Err …no, you never gave it a thought …or didn’t want to pay! Finding somewhere to park can be difficult. Try to park in secure well-lit car parks, or those covered by CCTV

Did I see anyone hanging around where I parked?    Err …no; you didn’t consider the group of youths watching you. Perhaps you could have moved your vehicle.
Did I check to see if the car locked securely on the remote keyfob?    Err …no; you just assumed it did as you walked away.  Although not prevalent at the moment it is possible to buy a device for as little as £40 that blocks or drowns the signal from a key fob used to secure and alarm your car, when used by an offender within a certain distance.  Merseyside Police have already arrested one individual caught in possession of such a device.   

Did I hide the presents from view?    Err …no, you put them on the back seat, remember.  Ensuring valuables are stored away from view is the easiest way not to attract attention.  Consider taking Sat Navs and iPods with you, and never leave a mobile phone on display.  Consider leaving the glove box open, and wipe telltale accessory sucker marks off the windscreen.

For lovers of Klezmer music

A new CD from Cathy, Martin and Simon 

Please see a recent email I have received from one of the performers at the 2011 Kensington Remembers Holocaust Memorial Day event. 

Dear friends,

Martin and I have just recorded a collection of klezmer tunes with our dear friend Simon from Edinburgh.

The CD comprises 13 traditional tunes. Most of them are played as a trio (clarinet, mandolin,
tuba), but we were joined by four amazing musicians/friends on the project (tsimbl, poyk,trumpet and double bass).

The CD is now ready priced £8

Some people wanted to have a listen before they buy it, so here's a little YouTube video which hopefully will give you an idea of our music. We do not have a Website so this is all we can do!

You can also find it by typing in "Cathy Martin Simon" in the YouTube search box.

Love to you all,

PS If you like the video and want to buy the CD please email me and I will give you Cathy's contact details, rather than put them on here.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Huge congratulations to Gosia McKane for her wonderful award

I was sent this press release a day or so ago, what wonderful news for Gosia and her team.
I asked for a photograph, and here it is.
Kensington and Fairfield Councillors have always been delighted to work with Merseyside Polonia and of course with the lovely Gosia who works so hard to promote good relations between Liverpool people and their new Polish neighbours. 
 Merseyside Polonia Team would like to congratulate the Founder of the organisation Gosia McKane on being awarded a Polish Civil State Award: Silver Cross of Merit by the President of the Republic of Poland Mr. Bronislaw Komorowski.

At last night's event celebrating Polish Independence Day, Gosia received the Order from the Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Manchester Mr. Lukasz Lutostanski for her work with the Polish Community in Liverpool.

"I would like to thank Mr. President for such honor" - Gosia McKane said after being decorated - "and it's a great privilege to receive it in the presence of so many great war heroes. I'm very happy that the work we do with Merseyside Polonia has been recognised and I accept it on behalf of the whole Merseyside Polonia team."

Merseyside Polonia is a Charitable organisation developing positive relations between the Polish Community and local residents. Started in 2008 as a Project to help the new Polish arrivals to Liverpool as well as raise awareness among the local community. 

It's a great news for Merseyside Polonia, Polish Community and Liverpool!

Developing positive relations between the Polish Community and local residents

Liverpool - Sefton - Wirral - Knowsley - St Helens

Monday, October 29, 2012

Looking for office space in Kensington, LIverpool?

Kensington Community Learning Centre have a unique opportunity for organisations looking for office space.  The premises offer a prime location on the main high street with a large window that can be utilised to promote the organisation’s services. 

There is also the option to utilise KCLC’s reception service as part of a package. Attractive rates are available.  If you would like to view the premises and discuss options please contact Alan Tapp on 0151 260 1006.

Exciting postgrad opportunities in Radio and Online Journalism

Please see this interesting email below for more details 

Liverpool Hope University are currently recruiting for the diversity-driven part-time Postgraduate Diploma in Radio & Online Journalism (in partnership with the BBC) which will begin in January 2013.  With this in mind, I was wondering if you would be able to raise awareness of the course among your staff.  I hope you do not mind me asking.

The course is intensive and pragmatic with assessment briefs set by the course leaders and industry partners. It also nurtures specialist areas of interest (sport, social affairs, politics, science etc.) in order to develop each student’s ‘Domain(s) of Expertise’. The programme also includes a Mentoring Scheme designed in partnership with the BBC in which each student is assigned a personal mentor from the industry.  Current mentors include John Pienaar (Chief Political Editor at BBC Radio 5 Live), Debbie Ramsay (Duty Editor of BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat), Gary O’Donoghue (Senior Political Correspondent for BBC News) and Steve Hothersall (Head of News & Sport, Radio City).

The programme incorporates a three-week work placement in some of the most dynamic and important news rooms in the UK (including BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat, BBC Radio 5 Live, Radio City, Key 103, BBC Northwest Tonight, BBC Radio Lancashire, Real Radio and BBC Radio Merseyside) and current students have already secured regular freelance work in the industry (at BBC Radio Merseyside, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, Dee 106.3 and Northwest Tonight)

We aim to encourage as many applications as possible from those with disabilities or from under-represented socio-economic and cultural groups. A first degree is desirable but not essential.

The course has been designed in collaboration with BBC Radio Merseyside and the BJTC (Broadcast Journalism Training Council) and accreditation from the latter is being sought.  Also, to help redress the under-representation of some groups within commercial and public service radio (and to attract applicants from a broad a socio-economic range) the course fees have been set to the lowest band possible.

 The course runs one day per week (apart from some intensive news weeks) over 2 years to encourage those from a wide range of domestic circumstances.   The course fees are, in total, £3,270 – which can be paid in instalments over the two years.

 Interested parties can apply for the course by contacting the Postgraduate Office at Hope on (0)151 291 3111 or email  Or if applicants wish to discuss the course informally they can email me directly at

For further details visit:

Kindest regards,

Gary Morrisroe
Lecturer - Dept of Politics, History, Media and Communication
Programme Leader - PG Diploma in Radio & Online Journalism
Liverpool Hope University

Thursday, October 25, 2012

National Novel Writing Month

I have decided to have a go at writing a 50k word novel during November as part of National Novel Writing Month.

The general aim as far as I can see, is to really focus the mind and simply get on with it, rather than coming up with hundreds of excuses about why it cannot be done. And the website recommends that you should tell everyone of the intention, so that it is difficult not to apply yourself and at least have a go.

I am not sure how a busy person like me will make time for this, and I am thinking I will probably need to write about 2500 words per day as I wont be able to do it every day, so it will definitely be a squeeze. I suspect I may be writing during the evenings when I have finished with casework and meetings and all that other stuff that demands my time. But you know what they say, if you really want something doing, ask a busy person!

Obviously I need a plot to work to as there wont be lots of time for brainstorming, so I have been drafting something which is now on two sides of A4 and I hope will keep me on track as I work through the month. It is basically a series of short stories connected to each other by a central theme, so if I need a rest from one I can start on another and come back to the first one later.

The advice is not to rewrite or edit as you go but to get it all out there and then perhaps spend December doing all that. (She says as though it was that simple, laughing at her own madness.)

I reckon that even if I only manage half a novel in November, it will at least have been a start and I wont have lost anything.

So watch this space, the writing starts in 6 days time. I may try to find time to come and tell you how many words I have done, periodically, and you can hopefully encourage me along a bit. I might also come and ask you questions about things I don't know about so that you can help me with the research.

Exciting times, I cannot really believe I am going to do this, but I am looking forward to it. Do wish me well!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Oliver King Foundation - defibrilators for every Liverpool Primary School

This morning I was delighted to join guests at a special event in Pinehurst Primary School, Anfield, to welcome the delivery of the first defibrilator, one of 122 destined for all our city's primary schools.

LPHA, Liverpool Primary Heads Association (or similar) asked the council to direct over £100,000 of its budget for schools to the purchase of these life saving machines and their chair, Rachel Rick, head of King David Primary School was excited to be there as the first one was ceremoniously handed over in front of the whole school.

This initiative comes from the hard work of the Oliver King Foundation which was set up in memory of a 12 year old boy from King David's who died from SADS (sudden adult death syndrome) last year. His family and trustees are campaigning to raise awareness of the syndrome, to encourage the Government to send teenagers for a routine ecg and for every school and public building to have a defibrilator to start the heart, along with the trained staff to use it. 

Witnessed by the Lord Mayor, representatives of Everton FC, Liverpool FC and various guests, including Natasha (Tasha) Jonas, the Liverpool born Olympian boxer who is a trustee of the Foundation, the proceedings and presentations were directed by another trustee, Councillor Jake Morrison.

As someone who has helped develop Jake's political career, I was so proud of him this morning. This confident, self-assured, articulate, engaging and occasionally humorous young man, the youngest councillor in Liverpool who won his seat against all popular expectation, has come such a long way from the gauche, sometimes shy and tongue-tied youngster that I first met. I well recall taking him out door-knocking with me just a bit less than three years ago and he much preferred to stand silently with me rather than going to doors on his own. As I watched him in action today, I felt very strongly that I was watching someone who is really going places, for whom the sky is the limit.

When I met him, through the city's youth service, Jake's biggest dream and ambition was to be a Paramedic, and indeed Casualty is still his favourite TV programme, so you can see why he would be keen to support a worthy campaign around an important life-saving health issue. Personally, I don't think he will now end up as a health worker, I suspect in years to come he will become a significant figure on Liverpool's council (he is already a Mayoral Lead) and then perhaps become an MP, and start working his way up the Parliamentary ladder too.

The impact of the loss of Oliver King was a tragedy that as his father said, could have been dealt with either way by the family. Mark King told the children of Pinehurst Primary School that the family could either have closed the curtains and mourned for the rest of their lives, or opened the curtains wide and got out there and campaigned for the safety of children and young people across the country.

Apparently 12 young people die each week of SADS and it was a representative of Liverpool FC who told the children that they wanted to help the campaign because that figure represents a football team plus a reserve, and he could think of nothing better than to save a football team's worth of children.

It was impressed upon us how important it is that we encourage people to sign an online petition calling on the Government "to introduce defibrillators to all public buildings by 2017, and provide staff with the appropriate training. We also call on the Government to offer all people aged between 12 & 35 a simple ECG test, which could reduce the current death rate of 12 young people a week."

Please do take the time to sign this, and if you think you might already have signed it, just check.

I got involved in the Campaign for Carbon Monoxide Awareness after a losing a loved-one in an accidental poisoning and I know how hard it can be to get other people excited about your passion, particularly when it is a health related campaign. So hats off to everyone who was involved in the event this morning, you have much to be proud of, it is a great start!

Photo of defib training session from

Monday, October 15, 2012

Emergency Road Closures on Prescot Road, Old Swan

Just seen this update from Gary Millar, which will also apply to any of my residents. Email me on louise.baldock at if you need any more information and I will endeavour to get it for you.
Dear Councillors,
You may be aware of roadworks that have been ongoing for approximately a week on the inbound section of Prescot Road, between Broad Green Road and St Oswald’s Street. These works are being undertaken by National Grid Gas to locate and rectify a gas leak in this area under their emergency powers.

It has been brought to our attention this afternoon that due to the position of the gas main and the available road-width, it is unsafe for National Grid Gas to continue with their works without the road being closed to vehicular traffic. We have also been advised by National Grid Gas that as we are dealing with a gas leak it is not possible for them to back-fill / reinstate the excavation and vacate site to enable the city further time to disseminate this information to the travelling public, as we would with planned works.

As such, we have been left with no alternative but to agree to the closure of this section of road (inbound only) and we are in the process of making the necessary legal orders to enable this to take place with effect from 7pm this evening. National Grid Gas will be working on the leak 24 hours a day to both locate it and rectify it and they anticipate that the works will take in the region of 3 to 4 days to be completed and reinstated. I have requested that they provide the city will regular updates on these works and I will endeavour to keep you notified of progress once this information has been received.

The emergency services and Merseytravel have already been notified of these works and we have arranged for appropriate messages to be displayed on the relevant electronic VMS signs in the city so as to pre-warn the travelling public.

Job opportunity with Labour North West

Role Name: Local Organiser
Part time
Based: - Oldham Borough
Salary: £21,482.16 pro-rata 2 day per week
Fixed term contract until 31st May 2015

Aim: To support Oldham Labour Group and Party in their campaign work, membership recruitment and fundraising activities.
In association with a small management team from the Labour Group and LCF Officers, you will plan and deliver local campaigning across Oldham and help with member/volunteer recruitment and mobilisation. You will have a broad knowledge and proven successful experience of political campaigning, together with knowledge of social media.
You will also be expected to work closely with councillors, candidates, MPs, and party officers to ensure that an effective, co-ordinated campaign is delivered across Oldham. You will also be required to motivate groups of volunteers (both members and supporters) and develop the organisational ability on the ground, incorporating the new campaign techniques being developed by the Labour Party. An understanding of current local issues is desirable but not essential.
For a job description and to apply for this position please send a CV and covering letter to by noon on Thursday October 25th

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Labour women urge boycott of Carnage "Pimps and Hoes"

Rachael on Granada
Councillor Rachael O'Byrne is spearheading a campaign in Liverpool to draw attention to a sexist students' event. She has won the support of the 34 Labour women Councillors in Liverpool and has now released this statement below. Good on you Rachael!

Liverpool’s Labour Women Councillors are calling for businesses to boycott a bar crawl called “Pimps and Hoes” this weekend (Sunday 14 October).

On 14th October 2012, Carnage UK will be hosting a 'Pimps and Hoes' night in Liverpool. We, the Labour women of Liverpool City Council, are calling on all local businesses to distance themselves from this event.

We are proud that Liverpool has been awarded Purple Flag status - an award which recognises a safe, clean and well-managed city centre. Indeed, we have one of the safest city centres in the country. Events such as Carnage UK, that go against these principles, are not welcome in our city.

Carnage UK is a student 'bar crawl' event that is actively not prompted in all three of our University Students’ Unions, and the National Union of Students (NUS) has called for it to be banned. It has been heavily criticised for causing anti-social behaviour and putting participants' welfare at risk through unsafe drinking.

When questioned about the events encouraging binge drinking, Paul Bahia, the founder of Varsity Leisure Group which owns Carnage UK, has stated: “Our events are heavily focused on group identity, social and ethical cohesion and fancy dress themes.”

Councillor Rachael O’Byrne said on the “In this instance 'Pimps and Hoes' seems neither ethically nor socially cohesive. The theme is blatant in its sexism and perpetuates the objectification and exploitation of women.”

The NUS commissioned a piece of research of female students experience of violence, it found that 1 in 7 students have been a victim of sexual assault or violence. We are disgusted that Carnage UK will be hosting a night in Liverpool that trivialises the issues of violence against women.

Themes such as ‘Pimps and Hoes’ sexualise women’s inequality and creates a climate where rape culture is trivialised and indeed actively contributes to upholding it. As a city we have a responsibility to tackle, not celebrate, a culture which enables sexual violence against women.

This event also glorifies the severe consequences of some of those involved in prostitution and sex trafficking. Human trafficking is the fastest growing form of international crime and is now the second largest illegal trade in the world with the UK a significant destination country for women, children and men to be trafficked into the sex trade. Individuals trafficked for sexual exploitation suffer extreme violations of their human rights and the relationship
between a prostitute and their pimp is often abusive and possessive.

This is not something we believe that the night time economy should celebrate in our city. We are united against Carnage UK and hope you will be too.

News coverage so far: 
Granada Reports
In news reports on Juice FM, Radio City 96.7 and City Talk FM
Report on North West Real Radio- To be played Saturday

Sadly nothing in the Echo yet

Friday, September 14, 2012

Premier Screening of the Officer's Wife - Merseyside Polonia

Merseyside Polonia with the cooperation of Kresy-Siberia UK would like to invite you to The Liverpool Premiere of THE OFFICER'S WIFE, a film of The Katyn Massacre during WW2.  There will be Q&A session with the Director Piotr Uzarowicz after the film.

The OFFICER’S WIFE will be introduced by the Consul General of the Republic of Poland Mr. Lukasz Lutostanski and screened in English.
The music score was composed by the Academy-Award winner Jan A.P. Kaczmarek who also Produced the film.

Join us on:

Thursday 20th September 2012
6.30 pm-9:30 pm
Picturehouse at Fact, 88 Wood Street,
Liverpool, L1 4DQ

Piotr Uzarowicz is an acclaimed Director of theater and film in Chicago and Los Angeles. The first time he heard about Katyn was in Polish history lessons in Saturday School in Chicago. At the same time he heard at home that his grandfather was killed at Katyn....

Piotr in one of the interviews said:
"That's what shocked me at this time was the fact that England and the United States knew about the Katyn massacre and had their huge part in hiding the truth. And in fact they are still doing this! I was very upset! I decided to make a film..."

The family tragedy that is a direct result of Katyn is rarely, if ever, discussed. Two million families (mostly wives, children and direct relatives of the murdered officers) were taken from their homes in Poland and deported to Siberia by the Soviets at the start of World War II. Over half were dead within one year. This documentary is their story. Today, the survivors’ journey leads to Strasbourg where the European Human Rights Court deliberates on the case of the murdered officers. With this in mind, the film plunges into the depths of the former Soviet Union to retrace the officers’ and families’ final footsteps and to bear witness to their last moments. But can any ruling really deliver justice and heal a family 70 years after the crime?

Tickets for this exclusive screening in price £8.80 you can book online:

Check our event on facebook:

For more information visit the official webside:

Merseyside Polonia Team


Merseyside Polonia we współpracy z Kresy-Siberia UK pragnie zaprosić Państwa na premierę filmu "ŻONA OFICERA", który prezentuje historie zbrodni Katyńskiej w okresie II wojny Światowej oraz na spotkanie z reżyserem Piotrem Uzarowiczem zaraz po projekcji.

Spotkanie zostanie otwarte przez Konsula Generalnego RP Pana Pana Łukasza Lutostańskiego.

"Żona oficera" będzie wyświetlana w języku angielskim.
Kompozytorem muzyki do filmu i producentem jest laureat Oscara Jan A.P. Kaczmarek.

Dołączcie do nas w:
Czwartek, 20 Września 2012
Kino Fact, 88 Wood Street,
Liverpool, L1 4DQ

Piotr Uzarowicz, wychowany w Chicago, mieszkający w Los Angeles reżyser, autor filmu dokumentalnego „Żona oficera”, o Katyniu usłyszał po raz pierwszy na lekcji historii w polskiej szkole sobotniej w Chicago. W tym samym czasie usłyszał w domu, że jego dziadek zginął w Katyniu.

W jednym z wywiadów Piotr powiedział:

"To, co mnie wtedy zszokowało, to fakt, że Anglia i Stany Zjednoczone wiedziały o zbrodni katyńskiej i miały swój potężny udział w ukrywaniu prawdy. I właściwie do dzisiaj nie mówią inaczej! Bardzo się zdenerwowałem! I pomyślałem o zrobieniu filmu."

Tragedia rodzinna, która jest bezpośrednim wynikiem Katynia rzadko, jeśli w ogóle, przedmiotem dyskusji. Dwa miliony rodzin (głównie żony, dzieci oraz bliscy krewni zamordowanych oficerów) zostały zmuszone do opuszczenia ich domów w Polsce i deportowane na Syberię przez Sowietów na początku II wojny światowej. Ponad połowa zmarła w ciągu jednego roku. Ten dokument jest ich historią. Dziś podróż wiedzie ocalałych do Strasburga, gdzie Europejski Trybunał Praw Człowieka obraduje nad sprawą pomordowanych oficerów. Mając to na uwadze filmowcy podążają w głąb Związku Radzieckiego krokami funkcjonariuszy i rodzin, próbują odtworzyć ich losy aż po ostatnie chwile. Chcą pokazać światu prawdę. Ale czy można mówić o sprawiedliwości, czy można uzdrowić rodzinę 70 lat po zbrodni?

Bilety na tę unikatową projekcje w cenie £8.80 można nabyć online:

Odwiedźcie nas na  facebooku:

Więcej informacji znajdziecie na oficjalnej stronie filmu:

Honorata Mikolajew
Project Manager
Merseyside Polonia

Mobile: 07519070129
Facebook: Merseyside Polonia

General enquires:
Tel. 07531723006

Address for correspondence:
22 Eastern Drive
Liverpool L19 0NB, England

Developing positive relations between
the Polish Community and local residents

Liverpool - Sefton - Wirral - Knowsley - St Helens

Monday, September 10, 2012

Tall Ships from the Irish Regatta moored at Albert Dock, Liverpool

My mate Stan (aka The Aga Man) and I had a walk down to the Albert Dock on September 1st to see the Tall Ships which had sailed in as part of the Irish Regatta.

I am still madly in love with my new phone and its camera, so I had to take some pics. These are amongst the most arty and staged. The yellow submarine, more of a barge than a Tall Ship was an added bonus. Enjoy!

Tall ship with Liver Building and Mann Island in distance and artful lamppost echoing mast position

Tall Ship appropriately moored in front of Maritime Museum with pump house chimney reflecting mast position 

Utterly delightful Yellow Submarine Barge painted in rainbow colours, "Want one!"